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What Do Homeowners Need to Know About Insulation Maintenance?



So, your insulation has been installed, and the rest of your home is also finished being built. Does this mean you never have to think about your insulation again? Not necessarily. While insulation doesn't require daily attention, there are still some things homeowners should keep an eye out for. Here, we'll explore what homeowners need to know about insulation maintenance.


Insulation's Long-Term Performance


Insulation is an investment in your home's comfort and energy efficiency. Over time, various factors can affect its performance, and without proper maintenance, you may not reap the full benefits of your insulation. 


Things to Know About Insulation Maintenance


Here's what you should keep in mind:


Settling


Some types of insulation, such as fiberglass or loose-fill insulation, can settle over time. This settling can create gaps in your insulation, reducing its effectiveness.


Moisture Damage


Moisture is insulation's enemy. This might mean mold growth, rot, and a decrease in insulation's R-value—overall, just less effective. 


Pest Intrusion


Rodents and insects can find their way into your home and damage insulation. They might create nests, chew through insulation material, or use it as a breeding ground. 


Signs Your Insulation Needs Maintenance


To ensure your insulation continues to perform optimally, keep an eye out for these signs maintenance may be needed:

  1. Temperature fluctuations

  2. Increased energy bills

  3. Visible damage

  4. Strange odours


Regular Inspection and Maintenance


To keep your insulation in top condition, consider the following maintenance steps:


  1. Visual inspections: Periodically check your insulation for visible signs of damage or settling. 

  2. Address moisture issues: Repair any leaks or moisture problems in your home promptly to prevent damage to your insulation.

  3. Seal gaps: Ensure no gaps or openings around doors, windows, or vents.

  4. Pest control: Prevent pests (like mice and squirrels) from entering your home and damaging your insulation. 

  5. Professional inspection: Consider scheduling a professional insulation inspection every few years to assess its condition and recommend any necessary repairs or upgrades.


Let Us Help


If you think your insulation can stand to be inspected or upgraded, contact HD Horne Spray Foam and Insulation today so we can help!


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